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Research shows that directed conversation between parents and their children is much more effective than open ended enquiries such as “what did you do today.”  Many opportunities will present themselves for discussion between you and your child.  A helpful question to ask your child is “have you thought about completing an internship before you graduate?”  

Mercyhurst University prides itself on the practical application of knowledge because we know it has many benefits.  The annual survey of our most recent graduating class(s) continually indicates that students who complete an internship experience are, on average, more satisfied with their first placement after graduation.  More tangibly, they are receiving more job offers and higher starting salaries than their counterparts who did not complete an internship experience.  

Whenever you have the opportunity for a meaningful conversation about your child’s progress at Mercyhurst, don’t hesitate to discuss this important aspect of their education.  It will pay off in many ways.  Encourage your child to pursue an internship and have them contact Dr. Kyle Foust at ext. 2171 in Main 209 or via email at

If you would like to host a Mercyhurst student intern, please review the Employer’s page to start the placement process.


Below are some helpful resources published by the National Association of College and Employers.

Crash Course in Career Planning for Parents: How to Support Your Student

Help Your Student Get Noticed by Employers

Help Your New Grad Find a Job